Down In the River To Pray


trad. Appalachian

Most of us first heard this song sung by Alison Krauss and the choir
of the First Baptist Church of White House, TN in the Coen Brothers’ 2000 movie
O Brother, Where Art Thou? The original lyric of this old-time bluegrass hymn was
“Down To the River To Pray” but was changed to fit the baptism scene in the movie;
I’ve kept that change. This arrangement also attempts to maintain the quiet and
reflective atmosphere of the movie scene.

Everyone loves to sing this song; you should encourage your audience or congregation to join in. It will be difficult to keep them from it.

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Fresh Ayre Music
Item Voicing Perusal scores/Recordings Price
FAM-1010-01 SATB a cappella
FAM-1010-02 SSAA a cappella

Metro State U. Women's Choir; MB Krueger, dir.
FAM-1010-03 TTBB